Susie Hodder-Williams & Chris Caldwell

"clarinet and flute in sparse, unhurried collusion akin to a meditative Feldman work"
The Independent

Susie Hodder-Williams and Chris Caldwell are both professional musicians with a vast experience of orchestral and contemporary classical music through to contemporary jazz and third stream chamber improvisations.

Susie Hodder-Williams & Chris CaldwellTheir collaborations with writers, artists, sculptors and numerous ‘free form’ improvisers have resulted in an eclectic output of music which has received International critical acclaim, being likened to the slow meditative compositions of Morton Feldman to the classic ECM improvisations of John Surman.

They’ve worked closely with FMR records and have been involved in over 10 CD releases on this unique independent new music label which often mirrors the refreshing diversity of Brian Eno’s ‘Obscure Records’ output from the 1970’s.

Their recordings have been used for radio documentaries, art gallery and museum soundscapes, audio book accompaniments, through to interactive audio sculptures. Their music has received International radio-play on BBC, WDR, RTÉ, ABC, ÖRF, Radio NZ, VPRO and numerous internet radio stations and podcasts.

They have toured with the support of the British Council in Taiwan, and performed at International Festivals and venues in Hong Kong, Odessa, New York, Ottawa, Toronto, New Orleans, Houston and at Festivals and galleries in the UK.

Outreach work has involved leading creative workshops and retreats for performers and artists with an emphasis on mental health and personal wellbeing both in the UK, Spain and Portugal.


Coracle of Life

Coracle of Life

Susie Hodder-Williams & Chris Caldwell (2018-19)

Mariner's Way

Mariner's Way

Susie Hodder-Williams & Chris Caldwell (2010)
A combination of improvisations and duets using gamelan, singing bowl, flute, alto flute, bass flute, soprano saxophone and bass clarinet, exploring the mythical journey of the mariner, traveling across Dartmoor. As heard on BBC Radio 3's Late Junction.
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Mariner's Way
This album is thematically inspired on the beautiful track in the now park of Dartmoor, where a route is known to have existed as the road between two ports when transferring from one ship to sail on another, now known as The Mariner's Way. It is half composed and half improvised music. The tracks evoke the silence, the emptiness, the loneliness, the breathing of the wind, the rhythmic edges of the elements of wind and water in a stretched landscape with granite rocks, and also traces of walks and stories. The music is often meditative often very descriptive. Mostly very quiet and slowly breathing, there are a few tunes with near-eastern flavour of improvisation, with a few subtle bowl droning or rubbing or tones in the background. On “Reindeer Moss” you can hear breathing with patterns of overtones on flute. “Beardown” with very long notes on low flutes recalling the large ships far away are combined with high notes, find a tune like within a lonely walk with a quicker step near the end. Just the last track with background voices sounds like an arrival, hearing people talking. A beautiful evocative album that can work like a movie, a silent landscape documentary with images with no further explanations needed.
02/12/2010 Radio Centraal Antwerp Gerald Van Waes

Mariner's Way
SUSIE HODDER-WILLIAMS & CHRIS CALDWELL - Mariner's Way (FMR 291; UK) Featuring Susie Hodder-Williams on flutes & gamelan and Chris Caldwell on baritone sax, bass clarinet & gamelan. Recorded at Kingston University in London in May & July of 2009. Susanna Hodder-Williams is a member of Quintessence, a chamber quintet with an earlier CD out on FMR, not the British folk/psych band of the early seventies. Chris Calder is a member of the Delta Sax Quartet who have that great disc on MoonJune where they cover Soft Machine songs. The Delta Sax Quartet also have a disc on FMR as well as a recently released DVD which we hope to get in soon. The music on this disc explores the mythical journey of the ancient mariner. Starting with the pure-toned, immensely suspense-filled flute of Ms. Hodder-Williams, our journey begins. Although this is a studio recording it sounds like it was recorded in large spacious room with a large amount of reverberation, silence between the notes. On "Shadows" the flute and soprano sax float around one another sublimely. The overall vibe reminds me of a lone lighthouse with its guiding light beaming through the distance in a deep fog. Besides the long breath-like notes of the flute & other reed, the only other sound we hear is the occasional clanging of some percussion or gamelan. On "Celestite" the percussion sounds like the ticking of a clock, while someone whistles slowly and softly in the haze. While listening to this disc, I felt as if I were entering a calm dream-world, sitting on a raft in the middle of the ocean, peaceful and adrift. This helped to ease me out of the usual daily stress that I have to deal with each and every day. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery DMG New York
21/11/2010 Downtown Music Gallery, New York Bruce Lee Gallanter

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